Series of bomb blasts kill 7 in Afghanistan
Published: 11:57 AM, 19 September 2021
At least seven people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and the eastern city of Jalalabad. At least 30 people, including women and children, were injured in the incident, Al Jazeera reported citing Taliban sources.
Four consecutive bomb blasts targeted Taliban vehicles took place in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, on Saturday. There were many casualties including women and children, said a Taliban leader, reluctant to disclose his name.
Meanwhile, a bomb blast in Kabul has injured at least two people, but no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
However, the militant group Islamic State (IS) is said to be in a “strong position” in Nangarhar. They were suspected to be involved in the bomb blasts incidents.
A Taliban source said the Khorasan branch of IS may be behind the attacks in Jalalabad and Kabul. Several suspects were arrested from Jalalabad shortly after the attack.
“The attack was being investigated and the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” the top Taliban leader said.
After the Taliban took over the control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on August 15, instability spread across the country. People started crowding at Kabul airport to leave the country in fear and panic.
The airport area fell into chaos and at least 30 people were killed in the shelling. At least 175 people were killed in a suicide bomb blast at Kabul airport on August 26. More than 150 people were injured. The militant group IS later claimed responsibility for the attack.